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Portsmouth’s African Burying Ground: In Honor of Those Forgotten

Literary History

Milford’s Harriet E. Wilson: A Woman of Fortitude and Resilience

Let Freedom Ring

Canaan: A Brief History Of An Integrated School

A Free Man of Prominence

Amos Fortune purchased his freedom at the age of 60 and moved to Jaffrey to start his business

Out of the Shadows

Granite State Glee Club Introduces Jazz and Blues to a New Generation

Celebrating A People's History Of Resilience, Versatility & Courage

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Shadows Fall North

A film that seeks to answer the question: What happens when we move towards a fuller understanding of our history by including all voices?

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Ona Judge: The slave who ran away from George Washington

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Stepping off a boat in a New Hampshire port in 1796, 22-year-old Ona Judge was on the run from the family of President George Washington. Judge, who was born into slavery and served Martha Washington for most of her young life, had slipped away from the president’s official residence when the capital was in Philadelphia and boarded a ship as the Washingtons prepared to return to their plantation house in Mount Vernon, Virginia. With a $10…

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Thomas Hooker to Receive Citizen of the Year Award

DURHAM, NH – Thomas L. Hooker of Nashua, a long-time federal and state human services administrator, will be honored at the Black New England Conference Friday, Oct. 20 at the University of New Hampshire with the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire Citizen of the Year Award. Jim Donchess, the mayor of Nashua will present the award.

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11th Black New England Conference

THE SCIENCE & ENGINEERING OF RACE: Living Through the Archives 

Huddleston Hall, University of New Hampshire
October 20 – 21st, 2017

Modern medical and social sciences have made some extraordinary advances through the exploitation of Black bodies while simultaneously allowing myths of racial inferiority to continue as justification for centuries of enslavement and political disenfranchisement.

Through discussion of these medical and forensic abuses, the conference will uncover past and present applications of scientific fictions that have codified racial hierarchies, and sustain pervasive beliefs with public policies that continue to shape all areas of American life.

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New Book Reveals Lost History of Slavery in Maine

Thursday, September 14, 7 pm
STAR Theater, Kittery Community Center, Kittery, ME (correction)
Reading and Book Signing
Lives of Consequence: Blacks in Early Kittery and Berwick in the Massachusetts Province of Maine.
Meet author Patricia Q . Wall and hear the long-lost history of Blacks in early Maine.

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Lowry: Son of the South’s lesson from New England

A few days after Charlottesville, on vacation in New England, I found myself walking in downtown Portsmouth, N.H., and stumbling upon something called the “African Burying Ground.” The modest, memorial, apparently on the site of an actual burial ground, gives testimony to the city’s past as a point of entry where African slaves were brought to this country. Bruce Lowry, Staff Writer, NorthJersey. @BruceLowry21.

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A Community Reading of Frederick Douglass

By Isabelle Hallé / news@seacoastonline.com PORTSMOUTH — “This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn,” Kevin Wade Mitchell said, reading the words of abolitionist Frederick Douglass to a full house at Strawbery Banke Museum Monday. In an event sponsored by the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire and the museum, community members gathered to take part in reading Frederick Douglass’ famous speech: “What to the Slaves is the Fourth of July?” Douglass, an escaped…

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Juneteenth Celebrated at African Burying Ground

By Karen Dandurant news@seacoastonline.com/Posted Jun 17, 2017 PORTSMOUTH — As part of day-long activities Saturday celebrating Juneteenth and honoring the lives of Portsmouth slaves, a remembrance ceremony was held at the African Burying Ground Memorial Park on Chestnut Street. Juneteenth is a celebration in memory of the day slavery was abolished in a small Texas town, three months after the Civil War, on June 19, 1865. The local remembrance ceremony honored ancestors by talking about their lives. The first event was held…

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